The Moths of Suffolk
792 Mirificarma mulinella, (Zeller, 1839)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Local, in Brecks and Sandlings

Habitats : Heathland, scrub and wasteland

Flight Period : Single-brooded, late July to mid-September

Larval foodplants : Broom (Cytisus scoparius) and Gorse (Ulex europaeus). Also feeding on Tree Lupin (Lupinus arboreus), a cultivar of Dyer's Greenweed (Genista tinctoria). On the continent on Black Broom (Cytisus nigricans), German Greenweed (Genista germanica) and Calicotome spinosa

Morley's Final Catalogue : Frequent among gorse in August. Bred at Ipswich in 1933 (Whit.); Aldeburgh ., Leiston, Southwold (Ctw) ; Lowestoft (J. Sang); in Mr. Doughty's Gorleston house in 1933 (Mly). Tuddenham in the Breck (Waters).

Identification

Confusion species : None


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Ipswich, Suffolk (viii.2005) © Neil Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Ipswich, Suffolk (viii.2007) © Neil Sherman
Dunwich, Suffolk (7.viii.2012) © Paul Kitchener
Pale specimen - Ipswich, Suffolk (5.viii.2014) © Neil Sherman